A contemporary non-western art: reverse graffiti

6 Oct
Reverse graffiti is a street art form where artists clean up the walls by “scrubbing” their sketches into the grime that’s there already.

Inspired by the works of Paul Curtis (a reverse graffiti pioneer), Martin Pace in Durban, South Africa decided to “scrub” the walls of his own town using a metal scrubbing brush on a 17 meter filthy freeway wall. The result was a reverse graffiti art in which he etched a pictorial time line of the town’s architecture

He was later joined by his friends Stathi Kongianos, JP Jordaan, and Nick Ferreira and they formed Dutch Ink.

Here is a reverse graffiti of a giant “Sardine Run” swimming across a city bridge by Dutch Ink.

The dutch ink also made beautiful mural of trees on a Durban North wall.

Here is Martin Pace, the founder of the dutch ink in front of one of their murals.

Some call this reverse graffiti “the eco-friendly new graffiti art.”  There is really nothing illegal about cleaning a wall. Could selective cleaning be considered vandalism?
Pace commented on the interactions between the group and the community:

“That’s the beauty of the whole project. We have had council guys in police cars stop us in the middle of the day while we are working and asking us if we have been commissioned to do this and when we answered no, they gave us thumbs up and said keep doing what you are doing.”

–via Inhabitant


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